If you live in Phoenix or the Phoenix metro area, you are probably well aware that stucco homes are the most-popular home exterior style in the Valley. It is the perfect exterior for our desert environment, plus it requires much less maintenance than most other home exterior types. The catch here is that stucco requires very special attention while the paint is being applied, which is why you should always entrust a professional exterior painting company with painting your home.
Here at Crash of Rhinos Painting, you can get an estimate from our team and learn more about the entire painting process that we back with our industry-leading 7-year warranty. Contact us today to get started!
In this article, we will discuss all of the ins-and-outs of stucco home painting—including how often should you have your stucco home repainted.
How often should you repaint your stucco?
Stucco is a very durable surface, often being made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and sometimes lime. It is also a long-lasting surface, making it the perfect exterior for your home here in the desert. It is very common for homeowners to paint their exterior stucco to give it color. Painted stucco will need to be repainted periodically.
Something else to consider: stucco is prone to cracking from both the house settling and the expansion caused by the heat of the Arizona summer sun. Small cracks are usually nothing to worry about and can be repaired prior to the re-painting process. Paint finishes usually last anywhere from 5-10 years on stucco homes. However, there are a few things that contribute to how long your paint will last.
1. Paint Quality
The quality of paint used on a stucco home affects the entire durability of the finish. You should choose a painting company that uses the highest-quality paint available. Crash of Rhinos uses Dunn-Edwards paints that are specially formulated for the harsh summer sun here in the Phoenix area.
2. Proper Application
As with all finish applications, you must apply the paint to a clean stucco surface to achieve the best adherence between the coating and the structure of the house. Pressure-washing the exterior of the home will remove any dirt, grease, and plant residue from the stucco surface to provide the best base for the paint. Paint is essentially a glue, so the surface it is painted on must be free of any material that prevents it from fully and completely adhering to the walls of the house.
Climate is a huge factor in how often your home will need to be painted. In hot, dry climates—like here in the Valley—the paint will eventually begin to see wear-and-tear from the UV damage caused by the constant sun. This is why choosing the right paint is so important. The Dunn-Edwards exterior paints used by Crash of Rhinos are specifically manufactured to stand up to intense, constant UV bombardment.
When it comes time to paint your stucco home, choose our team
Here at Crash of Rhinos, we go above and beyond for our customers. We only paint stucco exteriors, which means that we specialize in how to paint them right, from our painting prep work and the quality of the paint we use to our 7-year warranty. There is no reason not to choose us! We can get your Valley home looking brand new in no time. Contact us today!
Everyone who lives in the Valley knows that stucco homes are the most popular home style in many neighborhoods. Stucco homes can be painted various colors, but the painting process has to be done so in a very specific way. At Crash of Rhinos, we specialize in stucco exterior home painting here in the Phoenix metro area.
Painting the exterior of your stucco home can transform the entire presentation your house has to offer. The right paint job for your home can not only dramatically increase its curb appeal, but it can also increase the overall value of your property.
Even if you have no near-future plans to sell your house, a quality exterior paint job can protect your home against the natural elements we deal with here in Phoenix, such as the sun, wind, rain, mildew, and mold.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few tips and tricks that can give your home’s makeover the perfect look.
Tip #1: Choose the right painting company
We listed this tip first because it is the most important aspect of the entire process. You NEED to hire the right painter to take care of your stucco exterior paint job. Here are just a few things you should be aware of when choosing an exterior painting company:
- The painters your hire should be licensed, bonded, and insured to protect your home and your property.
- You should ask the painters how they handle the “small things,” such as trim around doors and windows.
- Ask to see images and videos of their previous work and look for any signs of an unprofessional exterior painting job, such as air holes, cracking, peeling, or blisters on the walls.
One of the reasons Crash of Rhinos is one of the Valley’s top-rated exterior painting companies is our dedication to customer service. You can check out our reviews and you will quickly see that we almost always do a perfect job.
We even go as far as to offer a 7-year warranty on our exterior paint jobs. That is technically 5 years longer than legally required by our state. We have no problem offering this warranty because our work is THAT good.
Tip #2: Choose the right kind of paint
This goes right along with choosing the right painting company to handle your exterior paint job. Many companies’ quotes may seem extremely low for the job you are requesting and that is because they’re also using a lower quality of paint, or a paint that is not meant to be used on a stucco home. When it comes to exterior painting, the type of paint matters.
We are proud to stand by our professional-grade Dunn-Edwards paint that is specifically formulated for exteriors in the desert. A few qualities that make this the right type of paint for your Phoenix stucco home include:
- Vibrant Color Options: Our Dunn-Edwards paint really works for stucco homes as it attaches to the surface and creates a strong bond for better and more consistent colors.
- UV-Blocking Quality: Our paint is designed to stand the test of time under the intense UV radiation of the sun without fading for years on end.
Tip #3: Choose a team that does the prep work
Crash of Rhinos takes pride in the fact that we put in the necessary time to prep your home before painting. We know that it matters and will make a difference in the overall quality of your exterior paint job. There is no way to properly paint a stucco home without taking steps to get the home ready by protecting light fixtures and fixing any existing stucco damage.
This is why we do our homework before the job is being done so we can adequately prepare your home for its specific paint job.
A few things included in our prep work are:
- Pulling back rocks from the edge of your home
- Pressure washing
- Stucco repairs
This all wraps back to our 7-year warranty. We do the work on the front end so that your exterior paint job will last for years and years to come.
If you’re thinking about repainting your stucco home in the Phoenix area, contact us today to be paired with experienced and licensed painters.
Repainting the exterior of your home is not a project to be taken lightly, especially here in Arizona. A new exterior paint job can either make-or-break the appearance of your home and its curb appeal. That’s why digital rendering is included with our Professional Color Consultant service. This not only gives you a chance to see what your house will look like when the project is complete, but it also gives you a chance to try out different colors digitally, without having to paint your actual home several different colors.
What exactly is a digital rendering?
A digital rendering is a digital image of your home that can be modified and edited with different color paint options, so you can see exactly what your home will look like after we complete our work. When we provide you with a digital rendering, you receive a digital mapping of the front of your home that will give you a very good idea of how it will look when the color you choose has been applied.
This is basically looking at a photo of your house, and being able to swap colors in real-time to see the best fit for your home, your yard, and your vision. These renderings provided by Crash of Rhinos will help you make an informed decision without blindly choosing how your home’s exterior is going to look. This also helps you pick the best color for your home before we actually touch brush to paint.
What is the purpose of getting a digital rendering?
Deciding on a final color for the exterior of your home can be the most difficult part of the entire exterior home painting process. Digital renderings allow you to have an actual photo of your home, with the new colors you are deciding between. This makes it easier to confidently choose the most appealing color combinations for your home. There is a huge difference in seeing the new colors on a stock photo of a random house, versus seeing it on your actual home, in your yard, next to your real neighbors.
How does this process work?
We offer the services of our Professional Color Consultant. They will work with you to decide on visually pleasing color schemes for your home’s exterior. If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association, They’ll even contact them for pre-approved colors. Some HOAs have very strict rules in place as far as what colors you can and cannot use, and we take the hassle out of this step by contacting them directly.
Next, we map your home. Using just a photo of the exterior of your home, your Professional Color Consultant will map the front with very specific details to produce the most-accurate, computer-generated digital rendering.
Once the digital rendering is produced, you and your Professional Color Consultant will use the previously discussed color schemes and apply them to the rendering for you both to review. This is the step where you will be able to make hands-on decisions and decide what color your new exterior will be.
Lastly, you and your Professional Color Consultant will test all of the color options until you are 100% satisfied with the new color for your home’s exterior. The digital rendering will make this part so easy, because you will be able to see your actual house with the colors you have chosen. For this step, we do recommend also taking into consideration that the computer renderings can look slightly different than they will in person.
Our solution to this is to further assist you with providing paint samples and testing color swatches on different areas of your home. Things like sunlight, tree shade, and landscape can make the colors look different once actually on your home. We like to mention this last step because colors can vary with any paint job.
See your home with a new color today with Crash of Rhinos Painting
If you are interested in seeing what your home’s exterior would look like with brand-new paint, give us a call for a free quote. We can help you find the perfect fit for your vision and your neighborhood. Our state-of-the-art software will help you make the final decision on colors by letting you see what your home will look like once painted.
As anyone who has decided to paint an accent wall in their living room knows, the sheer number of colors and options is mind-boggling. Walking into the paint section of your hardware store can lead to the immediate onset of choice paralysis. After all, those two shades of gold are the same—right? While you’re unlikely to paint your stucco home here in the Valley bright gold, there’s a similar number of choices to be made. The team here at Crash of Rhinos is here to guide you through the paint color decision process, one step at a time.
The first step? We recommend contacting us for a free quote here in Phoenix. Picking the right paint color for your home starts with seeing what your house looks like, what your neighborhood looks like, and hearing from you about your preferences.
Start by narrowing down your choices:
This sounds counterintuitive, but it’s actually the most-effective way to come to a decision. First, you’ll want to rule out anything not allowed by an HOA—basically, anything outside of their approved color list is a non-starter. (If the idea of navigating your HOA’s labyrinthian rule books on exterior paint colors already has you yawning, you should consider our Professional Color Consultant services. We do the work for you!).
Study your neighborhood’s color scheme
During exterior house painting projects, consider the general color palette of your neighbors’ homes. If you choose colors similar to those shades, your home will fit nicely within the neighborhood. Conversely, picking colors not common in your neighborhood will help to highlight your home.
Before choosing shades for your accent, trim, and field, look at your house from the edge of your property. When using earth tones, your home will blend with any surrounding foliage. Lighter, brighter colors will make your house more distinct.
Even if you don’t have an HOA, you’ll want to stay within the general aesthetic parameters of your neighbors and the neighborhood. Remember: nobody wants a “unicorn.” A house that sticks out like a sore thumb will be harder to sell down the road.
Carefully consider accent, trim, and field colors
When choosing paint colors, think of your home’s exterior as composed of three parts: accent, trim, and field. Understanding each part’s place on the outside of your house will help you make great color choices:
- The accent covers features like doors or window boxes.
- The trim includes edging on window frames and house siding.
- The field is the outer walls of your house.
These three aspects of the exterior will most often be painted in different shades so that the trim stands out from the field. Always be sure to choose accent, trim, and field colors that complement each other.
Get a digital rendering from Crash of Rhinos Painting
If you’re unsure how to proceed, or you want a professional to help you select colors appropriate for the exterior of your home, give us a call and ask about our Professional Color Consultant. As part of this service, we not only do the research to help you find the right colors for your home, but we also use state-of-the-art software to prepare digital renderings that will show you what your home will look like painted.
When it comes to painting the exterior of stucco homes here in Phoenix, prep work isn’t just something—it’s everything. The bottom-line is this: if you hire a painter that doesn’t prep the exterior of the home right prior to painting, your new paint is going to peel and fade faster. It just won’t be able to stand up to the elements here in the Valley. Believe us: great painting prep makes all the difference.
That’s why Crash of Rhinos has a proven, time-tested process for preparing your home’s stucco for painting. To learn more about our painting process and to get a free quote, contact us today, or call our team at (602) 540-7471.
Choose a team that will get it right the first time
When our team arrives at your home, we’ll start the process of prepping your home for painting. Here’s what we start with:
Moving furniture, removing fixtures, and pulling back rocks
While it may be easier to tape off lighting and other exterior home fixtures, removing them, if possible, provides a much more reliable and efficient way to get a consistent look.
The rocks around your home can get in the way of a clean finished edge. By moving them away from the foundation, we get full coverage with leaving no stones masked by paint.
All of the exterior doors, windows, and immovable fixtures are carefully covered in tape and plastic to protect them from stray paint.
Removing as much of the grit, residue, and grime from your home’s exterior ensures paint has a solid surface to grab onto. Otherwise, the risk of paint flaking, peeling, or bubbling is greatly increased.
At this stage, damaged stucco and drywall are taken care of to make sure you get a uniform and appealing finish.
Sealing the stem wall
One of the most important parts of your home is where the foundation meets the exterior. Called the stem wall, we make sure it is scraped clean of old paint and sealed to prevent the egress of moisture.
Priming and Painting
Using separate primers, we prep each surface to promote the best paint adhesion and colors that really pop. Then each surface is painstakingly painted to perfection.
Choose a team that does the homework
Too many stucco painting companies in the Valley are willing to take shortcuts when it comes to prep work. That’s just going to lead to unsatisfactory results for you and your home down the road. At Crash of Rhinos, we take the time to do painting prep work right because we know it matters.
Stucco is arguably the most-popular home exterior here in Phoenix. It’s a perfect match for our desert environment and the aesthetics of many neighborhoods. Plus, it has other benefits, such as requiring less maintenance than many other exterior types. Yet, stucco requires special attention when paint is applied, which is why you should trust the professionals at Crash of Rhinos with painting your stucco home.
To get an estimate from our team and to learn more about our thorough painting process and long-lasting results, give us a call today.
When it comes to your stucco home, the right paint process matters
When done right, a professional paint job on your stucco home should last 7-10 years. However, there’s a lot that influences what ends up being “right” for stucco, and not every painting company puts the time into prep work and quality paint the way that we do!
When you’re looking at quotes for your stucco home painting, be sure to ask about the following:
- The quality of the paint used
- The prep process and if stucco repair is offered
- How the paint accounts for sunlight exposure and UV radiation
- How the paint and process impacts the lifespan
- The warranty offered on the painting work
Prep work has an outsized impact on stucco painting jobs. Before painting, all issues with the home’s exterior should be repaired or treated. This includes the presence of insects, mold, cracks, or damage. Acrylic caulk can be used to fill cracks and stucco patching is used to repair larger areas.
Our work is backed by our 7-year warranty
A painting company’s warranty is a general indicator of their work’s quality. After all, the state minimum is two years, so many painters who don’t take the time to do things right or don’t use the right paint will often stick close to that floor. Crash of Rhinos is different. We back our work with a 7-year warranty because we’re that confident in our paint, in our painters, and in our prep process.
Crash of Rhinos only does stucco. That means we specialize in treating the exterior prior to applying paint. This leads to a longer-lasting paint that can better stand up to the elements here in the Valley, ranging from harsh UV rays in June to rain in December.
To schedule a free quote from us, contact us today.
The Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place to live with paradise-like weather—until the summer rolls back around, that is. Trust us: your home’s exterior paint feels the same way. Under a constant bombardment of UV radiation mixed with dust storms, torrential monsoon rain, and more, your stucco home can take a beating throughout the year.
To stand up to this environment, you need the best-possible exterior paint. At Crash of Rhinos, we’re proud to use Dunn-Edwards. Their exterior paint is specially formulated for the desert Southwest and all the sun, wind, rain, and heat that comes with it. By pairing Dunn-Edwards’ formula with our proven prep and painting methods, your exterior paint will last longer and look better.
In this article, we’ll review just a few of the reasons that Dunn-Edwards is perfect for stucco homes here in the Valley.
Why Dunn-Edwards is the best Arizona exterior paint
1. Formulated to withstand Arizona sunshine
One of the biggest causes of paint deterioration on your Arizona home is the sun. Temperatures in the months of June through September consistently exceed 100 degrees, which causes exterior paint to deteriorate faster. In addition, the near-constant bombardment of solar radiation through the long daytime hours can cause fading in most paints.
However, one of the reasons that Dunn-Edwards is the best Arizona exterior paint is because it was specifically designed and formulated for the climate here in Arizona. It’ll stand up to the summer sun.
2. It resists peeling, cracking, and mildew
Along with sustained high temperatures, dust and heavy rains can also wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. Using a paint with superior adhesion and bonding helps protect your home against mildew which can cause paint to peel and crack. That’s what Dunn-Edwards—paired with our excellent prep process—offers.
3. It’s fade-resistant
Dunn-Edwards paint is made using a special UV-blocking formula that keeps color from fading in the ever-changing Arizona climate. This 100% acrylic exterior paint stays looking good for 10-15 years, and it is available in a host of vibrant colors.
4. It’s eco-friendly
The company prides itself on a green manufacturing philosophy. Their paint is both customer and environmentally friendly. Eco-friendly features of their products include:
- No VOC (volatile organic compound) colorants
- No Ethylene Glycol
- RAVOC (reactivity-adjusted VOC content) rating labels on every can
- The U.S. Green Building Council made them the world’s first LEED Gold-certified paint manufacturing facility.
6. It’s locally manufactured
A bonus feature of Dunn-Edwards paint is that it is made right here in Phoenix. Who better to understand your exterior paint needs than a manufacturer located right in your own backyard?
For the best Arizona exterior paint, call Crash of Rhinos Painting
When you’re ready to repaint your home, give our team a call for a free inspection. We’ll start by reviewing your home with you and providing an informational packet with more information about our process, our paint, and why we do things differently—including our 7-year warranty.
Stucco is a common exterior finish used on homes here in Arizona due to its durability and aesthetically pleasing look. Most stucco homes fit within the aesthetic of neighborhoods and communities here in the Phoenix metro. However, like all exterior building materials, stucco can show signs of damage and wear over time. In this article, we’ll review what you should do if you notice peeling paint on your stucco home.
If you’ve been noticing that the paint on your stucco home is starting to peel, you might need to have your home repainted in the near future. For a free estimate here in the Phoenix metro, call us at Crash of Rhinos Painting!
What causes stucco paint to peel?
Exterior paint should only be applied over stucco that is free from blemishes and damage, such as hairline cracks and holes. If the exterior of your home has been painted multiple times in the past, peeling paint could indicate that the stucco was not properly prepared or repaired before the paint was applied. This means that the paint didn’t have an opportunity to fully adhere to the stucco surface.
Insist on a longer warranty
This is just one of the reasons why you should only hire an exterior painting company that offers an extensive warranty. Companies that offer 1-year or 2-year warranties may be taking shortcuts, knowing that the paint won’t start to peel until after the warranty has already expired. We take the time to do things right at Crash of Rhinos, which is one of the reasons we offer a 7-year warranty on our work.
Preparing stucco for painting
To properly paint stucco, the exterior painters need to go through an extensive prep work process. This includes pressure washing the surface, repairing any damaged or cracked stucco, and more:
- Temporarily remove landscaping items and light fixtures for clear access
- Clean the entire exterior through pressure washing or a similar process
- Repair any cracks or other damage to the stucco exterior
- Protect windows, doors, and walkways from paint using masking techniques
- Prime the exterior
- Paint the exterior with a quality product
- Replace any items moved before the painting process
If this prep work is done right and the exterior painters are using high-quality paint specially formulated for stucco adhesion, the results should not only look great, but should also retain their color without fading or peeling far into the future.
What should you do if you have peeling paint on your stucco home?
Contact us. We offer free estimates here in the Valley. We’ll meet with you to inspect the exterior of your home and see the extent of the problem. If it’s time for your home to be re-painted, we’ll provide you with an honest, upfront quote and provide you with a proposal folder describing our process in detail. That’s just the way we do things at Crash of Rhinos Painting!